Kosova English Teachers' Network
The Regional Team, Ferizaj:
Shpresim Ademaj, Regional Coordinator
Festa Shabani, Workshop Facilitation Assistant II
Saturday, April 13 2013, the English Teacher Professional Development Program was held in Ferizaj. The program is an implementation of the Kosova English Teacher’s Network - KETNET, the US English Language Program, and the Ministry of Education!
After trainings held in Gjilan and Mitrovica, the region of Ferizaj was the next venue for the two-day training program for teachers of primary and lower secondary schools of this region. The Regional Team, Regional Coordinator and Workshop Facilitation Assistant, were actively engaged to deal with the organization of the training in the region in order to offer teachers an opportunity of highly qualified training. They completed ten intense-day sessions of arranging the place where the training would be held, visiting directors, inviting teachers and other must-dos of organizing the training. The joint venture of the Kosova English Teacher’s Network (KETNET), Kosovo Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and the US Department of State-funded English Language Program was held on the 13th and 14th of April, at the Training Center in the Primary and Lower Secondary School, Tefik Çanga in Ferizaj.
In these two days there were six active sessions for English Teachers, designed by University of Prishtina Professor, Blerta Mustafa and English Language Fellow, Stephanie Drotos, targeting MEST quality improvement areas of Culture of Learning, Quality Teaching and Learning processes and Professionalism of Teachers. Sessions lasted for two days: Saturday from 9:30 am -3:30pm and Sunday from 9:30 am- 3:30 pm. Topics included in these sessions were The New Curriculum Framework, Planning for a Quality English Program, Peer Classroom Observation, Lesson Planning for Positive Outcomes, and Alignment of Assessment & Curriculum. Leading the sessions were Dr. Stephanie Drotos who holds a PhD in Education from Ohio State University and Blerta Mustafa, who is finalizing her PhD from Reading University in England and is an expert in second language writing acquisition. There were 59 teachers that attended the two-day training, who will receive their participation certificates at the annual KETNET conference. In the first introductory session more than ten School Directors were present to represent their schools and English teachers as well. They were informed about the aims and objectives of the training program.
Snacks and coffee breaks were provided as well as lunch. Feedback from workshop participants included:
‘You were great and very well prepared even in tiny details’
‘It was a great training. This is the first time to participate in such training a lot of things that I didn't know before because this is my first training."
"There was an excellent preparation of both ETPDP and Regional Teams."
"It was a wonderful experience; let us know about the next English trainings."